As longtime friends who maintain a mutual respect and admiration, Kevin Caprini and Jerry Pellerin noticed how their differences and complementarities could amount to a successful collaboration. In 2008, they established Caprini & Pellerin and have seen their,teamwork continue to strengthen ever since.,
Kevin Caprini, an architect graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Paris Val de Seine and Marseille Luminy, is a pragmatic and rigorous achiever. Confident, stable and posed, he knows how to simplify and direct creative energies like no other.
Jerry Pellerin, a graduate of the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris (ESA), is a passionate character who manages every project as if his life depended on it. A man of taste with undeniable social ease, Jerry has a strong culture of luxury, from decoration to contemporary art.
Both architects gained important experience in renowned architecture agencies such as Matti-Rivière, Wilmotte & Associates, Valode and Pistre, Atelier 2/3/4 as well as a long collaboration with the Collection Privée Architecture agency.
Today, the two men, supported by a multidisciplinary team, manage their projects from their offices in Cannes, France. The studio consists of 5 other DPLG architects, 4 interior designers, 2 construction project managers, an economist, an accountant, a marketing manager, a personal assistant and an incredible network of experienced craftsmen, landscapers and artists.
The agency offers a diverse range of services: planning & feasibility studies, concept design, architecture and interior architecture, renovation and new-build, decoration, landscaping, custom furniture design, purchase of art and vintage furniture for residential, hospitality and retail projects.
This new penthouse was bought on plan from a project developer. The client came to JUMA for the entire redesign of the proposed interior. The complete new layout also had implications for the outside facades. As such, JUMA also determined part of the outside architecture.
The new layout was to accommodate three bedrooms instead of the existing two, using the same floor surface and without changing the interior program or sacrificing the sense of spaciousness. JUMA set out in search of the most logical layout and came up with a design defined by circulation lines that maximize the available floor space. A central block was placed between the sitting area and the kitchen with dining room, fitted with an incorporated gas fireplace on the side of the living room and the kitchen recess on the other.
Placed in between these two elements is a storage area for the kitchen. Along the central block, the volume of the storage space is continued to accommodate a desk. The low cabinet in the seating area houses the TV and gently leads to the hallway.
An additional request concerned the elevator, which the client(s) wanted to open directly into the penthouse and not into a common hall. When the elevator doors open, one is immediately immersed in a homely atmosphere which is in part determined by the warmth of the dark parquet in Hungarian point. The double glazed door between the entrance and living room is fireproof to meet safety requirements. It also brings natural light deep into the space, and ensures, in this way, that one need not enter through a dark entry space. The fixed furniture is finished in a light larch veneer which contrasts nicely with the dark, distinctive floor.
A dilapidated old town house was thoroughly rebuilt and renovated by JUMA architects with due respect for the past.
The proximity of the water adds to the serene atmosphere that permeates the streetscape.
This feeling is brought inside through the refined and well-balanced design JUMA realized for this special project.
Although the house is located in the city centre, it welcomes one with an immediate feeling of tranquillity. The design is sophisticated and pure and conveys a sense of understated luxury through its detailing and use of beautiful materials.
The façade was fully restored to its former glory through an elaborate process of sandblasting and liming. The wooden windows were renovated according to the original model and fitted with soundproof glass.
The entrance door is original and was painted in high-gloss black, as were the garage door and dormers, forming a stark contrast with the light-coloured façade.
Entering the house is pure enjoyment as one’s gaze is immediately drawn to the rear patio overlooking the swimming pond. The patio has a covered terrace with an integrated fireplace and sauna. This cosy outdoor area is used intensively throughout the whole year.
The interior is furnished with many custom-made furniture pieces that create a quiet overall effect.
The subtle colour palette was applied throughout the house and brings unity.
JUMA architects also selected the loose pieces of furniture and often opted for round, soft shapes to create a cosy and inviting whole.
All wiring and plumbing were replaced, providing this house with every modern comfort. A home automation system was installed and the heating system was concealed where possible through a clever use of convectors or underfloor heating.
In those areas where the concealing of heating devices proved impossible, elegant, cast iron radiators with brass fittings were installed. These fit perfectly with the aged feel of the townhouse.
Finally, there is the wonderful aged parquet with wide boards that gives this project maximum allure. The details make the difference.
mathieu luyens & julie van de keere
JUMA Architects is a Gent based architecture firm founded by Mathieu Luyens & Julie van De Keere in 2009 with a focus on creating well-crafted and custom made structures.